Everything you need to know about Fairtrade

“For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks. mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.

In 2021, Fairtrade Fortnight will feel very different. 2020 has been a hard year for everyone and we know that physically campaigning and meeting people will continue to be challenging in 2021 but we have also heard from so many of you that you want to continue to support Fairtrade through this time.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us more than ever how interconnected we are globally. This interconnection is at the very heart of the Fairtrade message and is where your role begins. You are part of the Fairtrade movement and you have the power to drive long-term change, not only with your shopping choices but with your support in spreading the message. We just have to do this a little differently in 2021!”

About David Smith

David has extensive experience of the Co-operative movement, the Third Sector and in championing the citizens voice. Trustee: Co-operative Foundation (2014-2016). Government Food Adviser (2000-2006); UK Healthcare Regulator (2003-2008); Co-operative Group Main Board, its Specialist Board and the National Values and Principles Committee (2014); Co-operative Group Ethics and Social Responsibility Committee (2015-2016); Co-operative Group Senate (2014-2015); Welsh Regional Board (2009-2014). David trained as a Dorchester chef; Directed the first EC funded Wales Anti-Poverty Programme; Pioneered Community Law Centres, Home Care and Repair, Community based Housing Associations; local Co-op Development Agencies, multi purpose Social Co-operatives, the Welsh Food Alliance & Wales Progressive Co-operators. Currently, Deacon: Canton Uniting Church, Cardiff and Newport Credit Union Board Member. David has a BSc (Economics), Cardiff; MA (European Human Resource Management) Keele; PGCE (FE) Cardiff; Special Diploma in Social Sciences (Ruskin College) and Professional Food Management qualifications.
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